On January 20, 2022, the Internet Archive, Creative Commons and many other leaders from the Open world honored the treasure trove of works published in 1926 that entered the public domain in 2022. The public domain grew richer with canonical works from authors like Hemingway, Faulkner and Dorothy Parker, silent film classics like Nanook of the North, and beloved children’s stories about Winnie-the Pooh and the Hundred Acre woods, becoming freely available to all.
Due to the recently enacted Music Modernization Act in the U.S., approximately 400,000 sound recordings from the pre-1923 era also joined the public domain for the first time in our history. That’s why this year our theme was a Celebration of Sound. This event explored the rich historical context of recorded sound from its earliest days, including early jazz and blues, classical, and spoken word recordings reflecting important political and social issues of the era.
Our virtual event featured a keynote from Senator Ron Wyden, champion of the Music Modernization Act and a host of musical acts, dancers, historians, librarians, academics, activists and other leaders from the Open world!
Additional sponsoring organizations included: Library Futures, SPARC, Authors Alliance, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, Public Knowledge, ARSC, the Duke Center for the Study of the Public Domain, and the Music Library Association.
Jason Luther's course at Rowan is called Intro to Writing Arts. In Jason’s module, “Technologies and the Future of Writing” students use Audacity to produce a short episode about a 78 rpm recording in 8 short class meetings. Course site: http://iwa.futureofwriting.com
Students have published their recordings to The Phono Project which has published projects from nearly 200 students: http://phonoproject.com
They have since started publishing this project via their new pop culture zine, Halftone: http://halftonemag.com